A group of fans who travelled to the Isle of Wight from Orkney for the opening day of the festival. Picture by Joe Briscoe.
DESPITE the rain, mud and traffic, thousands of fans made it to the Isle of Wight Festival yesterday (Thursday) for the opening night.
Once inside, fans enjoyed performances from the likes of The Stranglers and Primal Scream.
Following a set by Cerys Matthews, due to safety concerns caused by heavy rain and strong winds, the Big Top, was cleared of fans.
It remained closed for around 40 minutes.
The muddy festival site on Thursday night. Picture by Gemma Murray.
One intrepid group of fans made it to the Isle of Wight from Orkney, for the opening night.
In an interview with WightVid.com video reporter Joe Briscoe one Orkney reveller said: "We couldn't be happier. This is nothing on the weather back home." (Scroll down for the video)
• *The main stage line-up times for tonight (Friday) have been amended from those published in the CP festival supplement.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers requested a two-hour set, instead of the previously planned one and a half-hour set. The new times are:
Feeder: 4.10pm - 5pm
Noah and The Whale: 5.30pm - 6.15pm
Example: 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Elbow: 8.15pm - 9.30pm
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: 10pm - midnight
Video by Christian Beasley, www.virtuallywight.co.uk